Faculty Expert Profile
- Associate hospital epidemiologist
- Professor of pediatrics
- Bloomberg School of Public Health
- Johns Hopkins Medicine
Aaron Milstone is a professor of pediatrics who is also an infectious disease epidemiologist. Milstone was recently quoted about the impact of the coronavirus COVID-19 on children.
His research focus on the prevention of hospital acquired infections (HAI) and the emergence of antibiotic resistance in children. His studies are helping to define the prevalence and transmission of multidrug-resistant bacteria in hospitalized children and to identify interventions to reduce their spread and prevent HAIs. In addition, he researches diagnosis and transmission of respiratory viruses in hospitalized children, respiratory infections in children, and hospital epidemiology.
Milstone’s comments about COVID-19 centered on how protecting children from the virus is “good for the population” because infected children could “amplify the outbreak” by fueling the spread of the respiratory virus. Adults can practice common sense behaviors to stay away from others, but children often want to “snuggle with mummy or play with their siblings” when they’re feeling ill. He also spoke to why the number of COVID-19 cases were underreported in China, saying that sick individuals who do not get tested can’t be reported.